C’s Recap – Twitter Reactions To Vancouver Canadians 2017 Northwest League Championship

C's RecapIt’s been just over two days since the Vancouver Canadians captured their fourth Northwest League title with a Game 4 victory over the Eugene Emeralds at Nat Bailey Stadium but there has been plenty of reaction on Twitter about the C’s winning it all.

The following is a collection of tweets, photos and videos over the past 48 hours from fans, sports media personalties and the players. The tweet from C’s infielder Mattingly Romanin may be the best of the bunch but you be the judge. Enjoy!

 


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C’s Recap – C’s Win 2017 Northwest League Championship

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Samad Taylor hoists the Bob Freitas Cup after the C’s won their fourth Northwest League championship.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians are the 2017 Northwest League champions as they dethroned the 2016 champion Eugene Emeralds with a 2-1 victory at Nat Bailey Stadium Tuesday night. The C’s won the best-of-five championship series three games to one and their fourth league title since beginning their affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011.

Justin Dillon received the starting assignment for Vancouver and he had trouble settling into the game thanks to a leadoff single from Zach Davies. Dillon struck out Jared Young swinging but then loaded the bases by walking Austin Filiere and Michael Cruz after the latter managed to check his swing on a 3-2 pitch. Dillon would turn the Em’s away by striking out Jhonny Bethencourt and Gustavo Polanco swinging to strand all three baserunners.

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Justin Dillon escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning to keep Eugene off the scoreboard.


The second inning saw Dillon strike out the side swinging again as he sat down Miguel Amaya, Jose Gonzalez and Chris Singleton. The righthander would add one more strikeout to his tally to give him seven over three innings.

All the C’s could manage in their first three at-bats were two-out walks by Riley Adams in the second and Reggie Pruitt in the third against 18 year-old Jose Albertos.

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Zach Logue struck out four over three innings of one-run relief.


Lefthander Zach Logue entered the game in the fourth to face the left-handed hitting Cruz but Cruz belted a leadoff home run to put Eugene on the board first. Logue would catch Bethencourt and Miguel Amaya looking to prevent further damage.

The C’s got their first runner into scoring position when Brock Lundquist and Adams drew a pair of two-out walks but Albertos struck out Samad Taylor swinging for the third out.

Eugene was poised to add to their lead in the fifth when Jose Gonzalez got on base on an infield single to second despite a valiant effort by Taylor after he tried to throw out Gonzalez after a diving stop. Chris Singleton moved Gonzalez into scoring position on a bunt before Davies bounced one through the left side of the infield for a hit. Gonzalez tried to score but C’s left fielder Norberto Obeso made a strong throw to Adams at the plate to cut down Gonzalez and keep the score at 1-0.

The C’s got their first baserunner with less than two outs when Deiferson Barreto was walked by Alberto. Pruitt then got Vancouver’s first hit of the night when he reached on an infield single to short by jumping on the first pitch. Taylor swung at Alberto’s next offering and wound up grounding out to second but that moved Barreto and Pruitt up 90 feet. Logan Warmoth swung away at Alberto’s first pitch and he used the opposite field with a single to right to score Barreto and Pruitt for Vancouver’s first lead.

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Reggie Pruitt jumps for joy in front of Deiferson Barreto as they both scored on a Logan Warmoth base hit in the fifth inning to give Vancouver the lead.

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Logan Warmoth heads back to the dugout after his two-run single put the C’s ahead.


Logue walked Filiere to begin the sixth but bounced back with a pair of strikeouts as he exacted revenge on Cruz before catching Bethencourt looking. Erich Uelman relieved Alberto and tossed two clean innings of relief. That effort was matched by Brayden Bouchey as he struck out three of the six batters he faced. Bouchey bailed out his catcher Adams and first baseman Kacy Clemens to start the seventh after the two collided on the scene of a foul pop-up that dropped between them. Clemens had the better vantage point but Adams was about to make the catch when he bumped into the first baseman. Neither player was happy with each other but Bouchey made sure the issue did not linger by retiring Miguel Amaya on a liner to center on the next pitch.

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Orlando Pascual got the C’s a little closer to the finish line in the ninth.


Jake Steffens pitched the eighth for Eugene and punctuated his perfect frame by getting Warmoth and Clemens looking at strike three. The C’s brought Orlando Pascual in from the bullpen to begin the ninth along with a new left fielder in Brandon Polizzi. Pascual struck out Cruz and got Bethencourt to foul out to right thanks to a tremendous running catch by Chavez Young who managed to hang on to the ball after tumbling over the short wall. Pascual’s Northwest League All-Star teammate William Ouellete was called upon for the final out and he did not disappoint the 5,288 fans in attendance as he struck out pinch-hitter Will Remillard looking to get the party started.

C-Notes

C's NotesThe C’s managed to win the last two games of this series despite getting just five hits. Only two of them came in Game 4 with Pruitt’s infield single and Warmoth’s two-run knock. Pruitt reached twice by drawing a walk and Adams was aboard twice on ball fours. Lundquist and Barreto walked once. The C’s were just 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position with five men were left on base.

The C’s quintet of hurlers made that one-run lead stand thanks to 16 strikeouts against four hits and three walks. Dillon struck out seven, Logue whiffed four and Bouchey sat down three. Pascual and Ouellette added one apiece. Logue was credited with the win. Bouchey and Pascual earned the holds and Ouellette notched his second save of the postseason.

Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconDillon had strikeouts at 92, 84, 85, 90, 82, 81 and 88 miles per hour. He also threw curve balls at 75, 76 and 79.

Logue recorded whiffs at 93, 78 and 82 among his four punchouts. He touched 96 with one fastball.

Bouchey struck out three with a curveball at 78, a fastball at 88 and another ‘Uncle Charlie’ at 80. Pascual was around 84-91.

C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThat is it for the 2017 season. No need for a Game 5 whatsoever. As Tommy Lee Jones said near the end of The Fugitive, “You know I’m glad. I need the rest.”

It appears the 2018 season will begin June 15 according to the game story from CanadiansBaseball.com. The schedule should be revealed soon so that’s something to keep an eye out for.

I want to take this little space of the internet to thank C’s broadcaster Rob Fai for extending media privileges to me for another season and media relations assistant Sharlene Canning for helping to arrange player interviews and her hospitality in the press box.

I also want to thank you for reading as well. I’ve appreciated the attention from the families and friends of the players and that has given me lots of encouragement to continue on with this blog.

I also want to thank the players for their likes and retweets of my stories and photos and providing a tremendous season worth of highlights and memories as they brought back the Northwest League championship to YVR for the first time since 2013.

The season may be over but stay tuned and keep checking back as I have plenty of photos to review and other things I will try to get to over the fall and winter months.

Thanks again for reading!

 

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C’s Recap – Em’s Dashed By Man With The Mustache

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Brock Lundquist (#31) is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a home run Monday night.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians are just one win away from clinching the Northwest League championship as they held off the Eugene Emeralds 2-1 at Nat Bailey Stadium Monday night. The win gives the C’s a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five championship final and their third straight 2-1 victory at home in the postseason.

Nate Pearson got the start in this one but encountered an early problem when Eugene leadoff hitter Zach Davis lined a 2-2 pitch into left field. After Prince George, BC native Jared Young flied out to right, Davis managed to steal second easily when catcher Matt Morgan was unable to grip the ball. He then took advantage of a Pearson curveball to steal third. Pearson struck out Austin Filiere swinging for the second out but he threw a wild pitch that allowed Davis to race home with the game’s first run. Morgan was visibly frustrated as he slammed his hand into the ground as he tried in vain to block the pitch. Though Michael Cruz would later double to right, Pearson fielded a comebacker off the bat of Will Remillard to limit the damage.

Pearson settled down with a 1-2-3 second inning that saw him ring up Jhonny Bethencourt on strikes before getting Gustavo Polanco swinging. The C’s got their first hit off Cory Abbott when Kacy Clemens found a hole on the right side of the infield for a single but that was all they would managed as Abbott struck out Brock Lundquist and Norberto Obeso before Samad Taylor lined out to third.

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Nate Pearson limited Eugene to one run over four innings in Game 3.


Pearson induced a flyball from Chris Singleton to start the third but Davis got a hustle double after lining one to left field and turning on the jets rounding first and beating the throw from Obeso. Davis moved up to third when Young grounded out to second. Pearson had trouble closing things out as eight of his next nine pitches were outside the strike zone, resulting in walks to Filiere and Cruz to load up the bases. A visit to the mound from pitching coach Jim Czajkowski followed and whatever he told Pearson did the trick as Pearson’s next pitch led to a ground ball to third from Remillard with Mattingly Romanin racing to the bag to force out Filiere to escape the jam.

Romanin began the third with a leadoff walk but he was thrown out trying to steal second as Remillard was able to block a pitch in the dirt and quickly pounced on the ball to nail Romanin. Morgan would draw the second walk of the inning but he would be forced out on a Reggie Pruitt fielder’s choice to short. Pruitt tried to get into scoring position by stealing second but he was nailed by Remillard. C’s manager Rich Miller came out to argue the call but the inning was over.

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Chavez Young reached on an error and was awarded third base before coming in to score the C’s first run.


Pearson enjoyed his second clean inning of the night in the fourth in which he struck out Bethencourt. Eugene brought in a new pitcher in the bottom of the frame in Rollie Lacy. Lacy got Chavez Young in an early hole at 0-2 but Young was able to reach on a Bethencourt error at short as Bethencourt’s throw pulled Cruz off the first base bag. Logan Warmoth then lined out to third but the C’s caught a break when Filiere tried to double off Young at first. Instead, the throw sailed wide of first and then allowed Young to advance all the way to third base. Clemens was able to bring Young home on a ground ball to the mound as Young was going on contact, allowing him to cross the plate with the tying run. Lundquist then followed with a home run to right that cleared the tall fence to give the C’s their first lead of the night. Obeso would double but Taylor grounded out to end the threat.

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Brock Lundquist—with Deiferson Barreto during pre-game warmups—belted a home run in the fourth inning Monday.


Graham Spraker took over for Pearson in the fifth and he enjoyed a perfect frame, needing just nine pitches. He got Davis looking at strike three in between a pair of groundouts.

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Graham Spraker made quick work of the Emeralds in the fifth inning.


Travis Bergen took over in the sixth and he overcame a Cruz single by striking out Filiere and Remillard. Clemens drew a two-out walk against Lacy in the home half of the sixth but Ricky Tyler Thomas induced a tapper back to the mound from Lundquist for the final out.

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Travis Bergen pitched 2-2/3 shutout innings against the Emeralds in Game 3.


Bergen picked up two more K’s by getting Polanco and Singleton and got some help from Taylor who made a diving stop at second before throwing out Jose Gonzalez. He began to falter in the eighth when he walked Young and Cruz with two outs but William Ouellette got Remillard to pop out to first for the third out. Chavez Young drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the eighth but he would be stranded.

Ouellette came back for the ninth with a new left fielder in tow as Brandon Polizzi replaced Obeso. The All-Star closer got Bethencourt to fly out and struck out Jared Young but a wild pitch allowed Young to get to first. Rafael Narea came in to pinch-run but Ouellette got Gonzalez to fly out to right and Singleton to line out to short to preserve the win for Vancouver.

Radar Gun Rundown

radar_gun_iconPearson was clocked from 76-98 MPH. His strikeouts were at 77, 95, 98 and 79. He also threw offspeed offerings at 77 and 82.

Spraker threw in the 90-94 range with his lone strikeout coming in at 98. Bergen was in a wide range of 73-94 with strikeouts at 90, 92, 90 and 94.

Ouellette reached 94 and his lone strikeout/wild pitch came in at 80.

C-Notes

C's NotesThe C’s had just three hits in their Game 2 loss and had just three hits in Game 3 as well but this time it was enough. Clemens reached twice with a single and a walk and drove in the first run with an RBI groundout. Vancouver was 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and stranded four men.

Pearson scattered three hits and two walks in four innings of one-run ball in which he struck out four. Spraker had one strikeout, Bergen had four punchouts to offset a hit and two walks over 2-2/3 innings. Ouellette had one strikeout as the C’s allowed just four hits and four walks while whiffing 10. Spraker got the win again in this Northwest League final and Ouellette picked up the save.

C’s Fast Forward

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Brandon Polizzi dons the rally skunk during Game 3 Monday night.


Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThe C’s and Emeralds play Game 4 at Nat Bailey Stadium this evening at 7:05 pm. The game will be carried on CanadiansBaseball.com and TSN 1040 Radio in Vancouver with Rob Fai.

Justin Dillon will be on the mound for the C’s according to this story from the C’s website.

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C’s Recap – A Sad Result As Assad Blanks C’s To Tie NWL Final At 1-1

Vancouver Canadians Reggie Pruitt

Reggie Pruitt drove in both runs for Vancouver Sunday afternoon.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians had a chance to bring home a 2-0 series lead back home but a bad first inning and a lack of hitting resulted in a 4-2 loss to the Eugene Emeralds in Game 2 of the Northwest League final at P.K. Park Sunday afternoon. That means the championship final is going to be at least four games and with the series now a best-of-five instead of a best-of-three, it may very well go the limit.

The C’s tried to get to Brendon Little in the first when Norberto Obeso and Kacy Clemens drew one-and-two-out walks respectively but the Chicago Cubs first-round pick whiffed a pair of batters, getting Riley Adams swinging to end the threat.

Eugene would get on the board when Austin Filiere launched a two-run home run to left to score a Jared Young single. Jhonny Bethencourt extended the rally with a two-out single and stole second base before racing home on a Gustavo Polanco base hit to make it 3-0 Eugene.

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Brock Lundquist had the only multi-hit game for Vancouver in Game 2.


The C’s would chop the Em’s lead to one in the second when a pair of walks by Brock Lundquist and Deiferson Barreto were cashed in by a two-run triple from Reggie Pruitt.

Vancouver looked to tie the game in the fourth against reliever Javier Assad by loading the bases with one out when Lundquist singled, Samad Taylor reached on an error and Chavez Young walked. However, Barreto bunted into a strikeout despite the ball nearly hitting him for the first out before Pruitt grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The C’s tried again to tie it in the fifth when Obeso drew a leadoff walk but that went for naught. Eugene would score again in their at-bat in the fifth when Zach Davis bunted for a single, stole second base and scored on a Jared Young base knock against Espada, who was later lifted for Marcus Reyes.

After that, it was ‘Assad’ state of affairs for the C’s offence as Assad sat down the last 12 hitters he faced, striking out nine over six frames that included K-ing the side swinging in the eighth.

Lundquist greeted Jake Steffens with a double to center to start the ninth but Steffens needed just four pitches to retire Taylor, pinch-hitter Cam O’Brien and Chavez Young to close the game out for the Emeralds.

C-Notes

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Dany Jimenez contributed two-thirds of a scoreless inning out of the C’s bullpen.


C's NotesAfter 12 hits in Game 1, the C’s had only three in Game 2—two of them by Lundquist. Obeso drew two of the six walks for Vancouver but the C’s went down on strikes 13 times with Logan Warmoth and Riley Adams getting saddled with hat tricks. With runners in scoring position, Vancouver was 1-for-9 and left seven men on base.

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Grayson Huffman capped off 3-1/3 scoreless innings from the Vancouver bullpen with two goose eggs.


Espada gave up four runs on six hits in 4-2/3 innings, striking out four and walking one. At least the bullpen was on point as Reyes, Dany Jimenez and Grayson Huffman provided 3-1/3 innings of shutout relief with Jimenez and Huffman each striking out a batter.

C’s Alumni Update

2012 C’s outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. was happy his favourite football team won.

 

C’s Fast Forward

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Nate Pearson gets the ball for Vancouver in Game 3 of the Northwest League final Monday.


Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThe C’s will send Nate Pearson to the mound while Eugene counters with Cory Abbott. Game time is 7:05 pm at Nat Bailey Stadium.

The game can be heard on CanadiansBaseball.com and on TSN 1040 with Rob Fai.

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C’s Recap – Young Makes Emeralds Restless In NWL Finals Opener

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Chavez Young celebrated twice with his teammates Saturday night by scoring twice, including first Northwest League home run.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians have taken a big step towards winning their third series of the season against the defending Northwest League champions. They overcame some early adversity as they held off the Eugene Emeralds 7-5 in Game 1 of the Northwest League finals at P.K. Park Saturday night.

After a scoreless first inning, the C’s scored the first run of the championship series in the top of the second when Brock Lundquist singled home a Kacy Clemens base hit off Keegan Thompson. The Em’s fought back with a run of their own in the second when Will Remillard singled and eventually scored on a Gustavo Polanco RBI groundout.

Chavez Young—who began the regular season with the C’s in their five-game opening set in Eugene before being sent down to Bluefield—restored the C’s one-run lead with a home run to right field in the top of the third. The ball avoided the reach of Emeralds right fielder Brandon Hughes who went over the short fence to try to catch it but landed awkwardly and injured himself, leading to his exit from the game.

The Emeralds countered with three runs in the bottom of the third off Juan Nunez. Chris Singleton made the Emeralds 3-for-3 in getting their leadoff hitter aboard by drawing a walk. Another free pass to Jared Young and a hit by pitch that grazed Austin Filiere loaded the bases with one out. Nunez then induced a foul pop-up on the first base from Michael Cruz. Just when it appeared Riley Adams was going to make the catch in foul territory for a big second out, he gave up pursuit of the ball. It appeared he may have thought Clemens was calling him off to make the catch from first but the ball landed between them to give Cruz an extra life at the plate. Cruz took full advantage on the next pitch as lined a base hit up the middle to score Singleton and Young to provide the Em’s with their first lead of the series.

That chased Nunez from the game and led to Graham Spraker coming in out of the bullpen. Spraker got the two batters he faced but one of them was a sacrifice fly from Remillard that scored Filiere to increase the Eugene lead to two runs.

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Kacy Clemens had two hits, including one that gave the C’s the lead for good in the fifth.


The score remained 4-2 heading into the fifth when the C’s managed to get something cooking against Enrique De Los Rios. Deiferson Barreto and Chavez Young both hit line-drive singles before advancing to third on a balk. An RBI groundout to second by Reggie Pruitt brought in Barreto to cut the Emeralds lead to one. The C’s continued to hit the ball solidly against De Los Rios when Norberto Obeso drilled one up the middle to score Young and tie the game at 4-4. Logan Warmoth then followed by taking one to the middle of the field to send Obeso all the way to third. With runners on the corners, Clemens gave the C’s the lead again when he reached on an infield single to short to bring in Obeso. A throwing error by Jhonny Bethencourt on the same play allowed Warmoth to come around to score to increase the C’s lead by two. Clemens was pretty pumped up at the result as his celebration was reminiscent of this one during an earlier game against Eugene at Nat Bailey Stadium.

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Logan Warmoth had two hits and scored what proved to be the winning run.


Brody Rodning was given the start of the fifth inning in relief of Spraker, who delivered 1-2/3 perfect innings of relief. The Emeralds would get their fourth leadoff hitter on base again when Zach Davis worked the count to ball four. Davis then managed to scamper all the way around to third when Rodning threw a wild pitch. Adams’ rough night continued when he was charged with a passed ball that allowed Davis to score and draw the Emeralds to within a run. Rodning would walk Jared Young to put the potential tying run on base. With Rodning unable to get the two hitters he faced, Brayden Bouchey entered the game and retired the first two men he faced before Adams threw out Young trying to steal second to get out of the inning.

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White Rock, BC’s Brayden Bouchey gave his hometown team three perfect innings of relief in the NWL Final series opener.

Vancouver would tack on an insurance run in the seventh when Clemens reached second base on a throwing error by Emeralds reliever Elvis Diaz and he would score on a bloop base hit to right by Adams.

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Orlando Pascual struck out three over two shutout innings.


Bouchey brought the game into eighth after three innings of perfect relief that included four strikeouts. Orlando Pascual continued the strong relief with two more punchouts in a clean eighth. Remillard would single to start the ninth against Pascual but the Northwest League All-Star got the next three hitters, including a game-ending strikeout of pinch-hitter Miguel Amaya to give the C’s a 1-0 series lead in the Northwest League final.

C-Notes

C's NotesThe C’s banged out 12 hits in this one with Warmoth, Clemens, Lundquist and Young getting two apiece. Obeso, Adams, Barreto and Samad Taylor had the others. Only Pruitt did not get hit but he did have an RBI groundout. Adams was on board twice by drawing a walk and he also stole a base. Vancouver was 4-for-11 with runners on second and/or third and left eight men aboard.

Vancouver pitchers kept Eugene in check by allowing just nine baserunners on three hits, five walks and a hit by pitch while striking out 12 in total. Nunez was charged with four runs over 2-1/3 innings and Rodning was charged with an unearned marker. Spraker was perfect over 1-2/3 innings with two whiffs to earn the victory. Bouchey rung up four over three clean frames to earn the hold while Pascual picked up the save with two innings of one-hit ball.

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C’s Alumni Update

2011 C’s outfielder Kevin Pillar was at it again Saturday.

Here’s a flashback of 2012 C’s lefty Daniel Norris.

C’s Fast Forward

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Jose Espada—the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week for August 28 to September 4—is set to take the ball in Game 2 of the league final.


Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadJose Espada will be on the hill for Vancouver against Chicago Cubs 2017 first-round pick Brendon Little in Game 2 of this best-of-five series at 5:05 pm.

You can hear the game at CanadiansBaseball.com or you can watch it on MiLB.TV. The game is also being carried on TSN 1410 with the pre-game show set for 4:00 pm with Rob Fai.

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C’s Recap – Pruitt & Polizzi Power C’s Over AquaSox

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Brandon Polizzi homered, scored twice and made a key defensive play to lead the C’s to victory Sunday.


C's RecapThe Vancouver Canadians began the first of six games against the Everett AquaSox on the right foot with a 5-3 victory at Nat Bailey Stadium Sunday afternoon. The victory gives the C’s a 4-3 record against the AquaSox in 2017.

The C’s tabbed lefthander Wilfri Aleton to start this one and he gave up a double to leadoff man Chris Torres that just touched down in right field beyond the reach of second baseman Mattingly Romanin and right fielder Brandon Polizzi. Aleton would respond with strikeouts of Manny Pazos and Greifer Andrade with a Eugene Helder groundout in between to leave Torres at second.

The C’s carried the momentum into their first at-bat when Reggie Pruitt scorched a double to left off Everett starterAndres Torres. Norberto Obeso would bring Pruitt with a base hit up the middle to put Vancouver ahead 1-0. Logan Warmoth punched one through to left field off Helder at third to put Obeso up to second but Kacy Clemens grounded into a double play and Riley Adams could not bring home Obeso from third as he grounded out to second.

Aleton set down the AquaSox in order that saw him strike out Onil Pena. He retired six in a row before Torres got him again with a two-out single in the third. Adams would throw out Torres trying to steal to end the frame. The big defensive highlight of the third was a incredible diving catch by Polizzi in right field to rob Ronaldo Rosario of extra bases that started the frame.

After beginning the top of the third with a tremendous defensive play, Polizzi started the bottom half with an equally tremendous offensive play by poking one over the right field fence and into the Vancouver bullpen for his first professional home run to lift the C’s to a 2-0 lead. Obeso had a one-out single and Clemens picked up a two-out base hit but Clemens was thrown out trying to advance to second on a ball in the dirt by Everett catcher Juan Camacho.

The AquaSox threatened in the fourth with one-out base knocks by Helder and Andrade and a two-out walk to Pena to load the bases but Aleton got out of it with a strikeout of Camacho and a pop-up to third from Joe Venturino.

After the C’s were retired 1-2-3 in the fourth, Aleton finished up his five-inning outing in style with a Rosario strikeout to begin a 1-2-3 frame of his own.

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Wilfri Aleton shutout the AquaSox over five innings Sunday afternoon.


Vancouver looked to pad their lead for Aleton when Bryan Lizardo lined a single to right and Polizzi reached on a throwing error at short. Pruitt would strike out but Obeso loaded the bases by drawing a walk against AquaSox reliever David Hessler. Warmoth had the count 3-0 in his favour but he was caught looking at strike three, just when he was about to toss the bat away for what he thought was ball four. Clemens would leave the bases loaded by fouling out to first.

With the C’s unable to add to their lead, the AquaSox made it disappear against Donnie Sellers in the sixth. Pazos doubled and Helder singled to put two runners in scoring position. Andrade would strike out but Camacho singled to score Pazos with the first Everett run. Pena popped out to second with the infield fly rule in effect but Sellers plunked Venturino to load the bases. Rosario then singled to left to score Helder with the tying run but Obeso threw out Camacho trying to score to keep the game tied.

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After tagging out Camacho at the plate, Adams got a rally started with an infield single to third. Romanin would reach base on a one-out error at second and Adams was able to make it all the way to third. Hessler got Lizardo to hit a soft liner to first for the second out but he uncorked a wild pitch to allow Adams to score the tie-breaking run. After Polizzi drew a walk, Paul Covelle took over for Hessler and also threw one to the backstop to move Romanin and Polizzi up 90 feet. Pruitt then picked up a single to right to score Romanin and Polizzi to give Vancouver a 5-2 lead. Pruitt would steal second but Obeso lined out to center for the third out.

Jansiel Rivera singled off Sellers to start the seventh and issued a one-out walk to Pazos but a strikeout of Chris Torres would help him to get through the inning unscathed.

After getting nothing accomplished in the home half of the seventh, Sellers came out for the eighth with a new third baseman in Deiferson Barreto and a new first baseman in Lizardo who was replacing Cameron O’Brien. Sellers struck out Camacho to begin the frame but he made it to first on a wild pitch. Sellers got Pena to hit into a 6-4-3 that was started smoothly by Warmoth at short. Venturino kept the inning going when he reached on a Barreto error but Sellers got Rosario to strike out swinging to snuff out that threat.

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Donnie Sellers picked up the victory in relief by pitching three innings.


Barreto began the eighth with a base hit but was thrown out trying to steal second. Lizardo drew a two-out walk but that was it for the C’s offence.

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Orlando Pascual has a quick chat with Deiferson Barreto before pitching in the ninth.


Orlando Pascual arrived out of the pen for the ninth and struck out Rivera to begin the proceedings. He then walked Torres who was doubled home by Pena to bring the Frogs to within two. With the tying run at the plate, Pascual got Helder to ground out to third before striking out Andrade swinging to end it.

C-Notes

C's NotesPruitt and Obeso sparked Vancouver’s 10-hit performance with two apiece. Obeso also reached base on a walk and Pruitt stole his 26th base of the year. Lizardo and Polizzi had a hit and a walk apiece. Vancouver was 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

Aleton struck out six and walked only one in five shutout innings of four-hit ball. Sellers gave up two runs on five hits, a walk and a hit by pitch. He was charged with a blown save but he racked up four K’s in three innings to improve to 2-1. Pascual allowed a run on a hit and a walk but collected his fourth save of the year.

Romanin went 0-for-4 in his return to Vancouver but did score a run. He is now wearing #6 after wearing #2 last season and for the first part of this season before being promoted to Lansing. Romanin’s #6 was worn by Cullen Large (injury) and Chavez Young (Bluefield) already this season.

Righthanders Dalton Rodriguez and Nate Pearson celebrated their 21st birthdays on Sunday.

C’s Fast Forward

Vancouver Canadians, Looking AheadThe C’s and Frogs play two more games in Vancouver before heading to Everett for three. Jose Espada is expected to throw the first pitch at The Nat Monday night at 7:05 pm.

Vancouver remains tied with Tri-City for first place in the North Division with 15-10 records. Spokane is two games back at 13-12 while Everett drops to three games back at 12-13.

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C’s Chat – Blue Jays 1st Round Pick Nate Pearson

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Nate Pearson unleashes a breaking ball at 84 miles per hour against Salem-Keizer August 13.


cs_chat_logoNate Pearson has just turned 21 years old and the future is pretty bright for the 28th overall pick of the 2017 draft. The Blue Jays first rounder has yet to give up a run in his first 13 innings of professional baseball—all but one of them with Vancouver—and has posted a 16-1 strikeout/walk total with just four hits allowed.

 

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Nate Pearson looks on during a team practice at Nat Bailey Stadium.


C’s pitching coach Jim Czajkowski had this to say about the College of Central Florida Patriots hurler and the JUCO Pitcher of the Year in a recent interview on TSN Radio in Vancouver.

“Very aggressive mound presence. Goes right at guys, not afraid to throw his fastball. Has a feel of if the hitter can catch up to him or not, whether he has to pull the string on a breaking ball or not. I saw him (against) the best hitter that Salem Keizer had, just blew him away with fastballs. Aggressive, pretty athletic for a big a guy that he is.”

Here is video of the 6-foot-6 Pearson warming in the bullpen before a start July 29 with Czajkowski watching over him.

Here is more video of Pearson getting ready before his July 29 start.


The following is a transcript of an interview I had with the Odessa, Florida native during the C’s last homestand and he addressed a number of topics during our chat.

Pearson on playing in Vancouver.

“Vancouver, it’s beautiful. I haven’t been up here before and when I first got up here, the weather and everything was just so great, so I was like, ‘Oh, I could get used to this’ so it’s been great.”

Pearson on his decision to transfer from Florida International University to the College of Central Florida.

“I just went day by day when I was there. I decided to make a change and go the juco route, not a lot of big recruits do. Once I got there, I was there for a purpose and made a lot of great friends and just kept doing what I do and just kept working.”

Pearson on the most influential people in his career.

“Definitely my Dad. He’s given just so many life lessons. He never even played baseball. He just knows mentally just how to stay mentally strong because he gives me a lot of great advice.”

“My high school coach, Jeff Swymer, out of Bishop McLaughlin Catholic. He really helped me my senior year because I was coming off my injury and he was always really there for me for my pitching and my mechanics and everything. He was good.”

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Nate Pearson keeping his arms in shape.


Pearson on developing his 100 mile per hour fastball.

“Most of it came naturally. I do a lot of arm care stuff, probably more than a lot of guys. I do a lot of the Driveline Baseball stuff, it’s over in the West Coast I follow that pretty good and that’s helped my velo jump a lot.”

Pearson on knowing when he has reached triple-digits on the radar gun.

“Yes and no. Some fastballs I let go and I don’t know for sure. I try not to pay attention to the radar gun when I’m pitching because it’s a little bit of a distraction but I just try to get batters out and if I end up hitting 100, it’s a good thing I guess.”

Pearson on his pitching repertoire.

“Right now, it’s just a four-seamer. I think I want to end up learning the two-seamer and get a little bit more movement on it, but right now it’s just four-seam.”

“The changeup was the first offspeed pitch I learned. My pitching coach, Anthony Telford, he pitched quite a bit in the bigs and that was the first pitch that he taught me how to throw besides my fastball. I took that to heart and I practiced that probably more than any of my other offspeed pitches and it’s no wonder why it’s my second-best pitch.”

“I’d probably say my slider is a little bit better (than my curve) but I’m also working on my curveball just because you give two different looks to the batter, just to be able to mix it up but yeah, I’m continuously working on both of those.”

Pearson on going through elbow surgery in high school.

“That happened going into my junior year, right around the main recruitment year. I suffered that blow. It was kind of depressing for a little bit. There was one point I didn’t know if I was going to able to throw again so I just tried to stay positive. That’s when my Dad really helped me out. My Mom, they can notice when I was down because I’ve been playing baseball my whole life, that’s all I really know how to do but it was also good for me to learn what other aspects of life I can improve on besides baseball so I got a little break from baseball and focused on my school work. It was a good learning experience for me.”

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Pearson with fellow Blue Jays 2017 first round pick Logan Warmoth.


Pearson on having fun at the park.

“That’s what I’m all about. I’m always about having fun. I’m always messing around with the guys. If you’re not having fun, then why are you here? I fell in love with this game by having fun with it. I’m always going to show up and try to have some fun with it.”


My thanks to Nate Pearson for taking the time to chat with me and to C’s Media Relations Assistant Sharlene Canning for arranging the interview.

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